* AccidentalInnuendo: There's this one suspect line in "Sunday" that is either this or GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
-->"Snuggled up like spoons inside a drawer / closer now than you and I have ever been before"
* AwardSnub: "Rainbow Connection" lost to "It Goes Like It Goes" from ''Film/NormaRae''. Critics and fans alike let the Academy hear it. And who even remembers the other song anymore?
* AwesomeMusic: His recorded output until about the mid-'70s is almost unanimously thus. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub0J8ZdaKE8 You're welcome]].
** As for his own opinion, he considers the ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' soundtrack to be the best thing he ever did.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[http://bassroutes.blogspot.com/ Leland Sklar]], bassist extraordinaire, is by far the most popular of Williams' regular studio musicians.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** ''Phantom of the Paradise'' became ''huge'' in Winnipeg (and precisely nowhere else, except perhaps the French underground scene). When Williams later held a concert there, the reception he got (particularly from women and young girls) was likened to Music/TheBeatles during the height of Beatlemania (only on a... smaller scale, literally). When Phantompalooza was held there some thirty years later, Williams' reception was certainly not much less enthusiastic.
** Also, he has a bit of a following in Japan, where his old albums have been re-released before they ever were in the west. He even recorded a live album in Japan.
* EarWorm: "Someday we'll find it, the Rainbow Connection..."
* EndingFatigue: The album version of "Sad Song" drags on a little bit at the end. "Hey Jude" it ain't. A few more than a few prefer the brevity of the Muppet Show version.
* EpicRiff: "The Hell of It". Actually, make that any rock song from ''Phantom''.
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''Someday Man'' is this to some who find Williams' later work to be too sappy.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The cover for ''Crazy for Loving You'' with its diner table-ful of booze unintentionally gets a little bit too close to home, considering this is basically right before everything broke down for real.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[Film/PhantomOfTheParadise Swan]]'s rampant drug abuse and paranoia becomes a little more disturbing now that it's been revealed to be not that far off from reality.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** "Roan [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials Pony]]".
** [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1956594/ Believe me]], Paul Williams is feeling fantastic, and he's [[{{VideoGame/Portal}} still alive]].
* OneSceneWonder: [[Franchise/TheMuppets The Great Gonzo]]!
* TastesLikeDiabetes:
** Williams makes no secret of his status as a "card-carrying sentimentalist" of the Hallmark variety, however, he himself feels he slipped into sentiment for sentiment's sake midway through the '70s.
** For all that Paul's "Rainbow Connection" duet with Willie Nelson is a perfect way to open ''I'm Going Back There Someday''... he sandwiches in the words "That's what happens when you [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} wish upon a star]]" right at the end. ...Yeah, basically.
* TearJerker:
** Paul's best work is just so... powerful. His biggest strength as a lyricist is being able to take raw, heartfelt emotion and distil it into words. Sometimes... those words are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpWg6sibsdU very, very sad.]] You could be reading [[http://lyrics.wikia.com/Paul_Williams:Rainy_Days_And_Mondays only the lyrics]] and the effect just might be strangely similar. The guy knows how you feel, man.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndjuJeo3POM Still Alive]]". Sad, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, all at the same time.
** His voice, while not Pavarotti by any means, is really what make his songs his. There's an earnestness to his range and phrasing that really sounds like he believes every word he's singing, which is the mark of any great performer.
** "Touch," his collaboration with Music/DaftPunk from ''Music/RandomAccessMemories'', is one of the saddest pieces of music he's ever been associated with.
** "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday", one of his other songs for ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', has this effect on many listeners/viewers of said film. To quote [[https://muppetmindset.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/120-awesome-muppet-songs-part-5/ this article]], "The hauntingly beautiful lyrics, the emotionally gripping music, Gonzo’s soul-searching movements and emotions… every single thing about this song is perfect." Not that Rachel Yamagata's cover is any less of a tear jerker.
** "When the River Meets The Sea" from ''Literature/EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'' is gorgeously poignant, even moreso when it was performed at Creator/JimHenson's memorial service.
* TheWoobie: When in the thrall of his addiction.
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